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Non-Resident Business Licence

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Businesses that do not have a physical location in Surrey, but perform services within the city, require a City of Surrey business licence. Plumbers, electricians, photographers, engineers and janitorial companies are examples of businesses that require a non-resident business licence. Business licences for non-resident businesses are typically issued the same day the application is made, provided that all required information is supplied on the application form.

Apply for a non-resident business licence

  1. Visit the Online Business Licensing application or complete the Business Licence Application form.
  2. Pay the business licence fee with your application. Confirm your business licence fee by contacting the Licensing office at 604-591-4370. A list of fees (for reference only) is available in Business License By-law, 1999, No. 13680 in Schedule A on page 35.
  3. Submit your application: apply in person, by email, by fax or by mail. Payments by credit card or by cheque made payable to City of Surrey are accepted.

Apply in person

Apply in person at Surrey City Hall, By-law & Licensing Department at 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC. By submitting your application in person, you'll receive your business licence immediately. Make payments in cash, by cheque, Interac, or credit card.

Apply by email

Please email your application to

Apply by fax

Please fax your application to 604-501-7685. Payments by credit card are accepted.

Apply by mail

Please mail your application to: 

Surrey City Hall 
By-law & Licensing Services 
13450 104 Avenue 
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8

Renew your non-resident business licence

Business licence renewal notices for non-resident businesses are mailed out approximately 1 month prior to the expiration date of a business licence. Learn how to renew your business licence in Surrey.

Make changes to your business licence

Changes to your business licence, such as to your business name, address or ownership, will need to be provided to us so we can update this information on your non-resident business licence.

Contact our Licensing Office at or by phone at 604-591-4370 if you have any questions about your application.

Get information about Surrey’s business community and economy, from our Economic Development Division at or by phone at 604-591-4128.